Philip Gross wins the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry
Thursday 4 February 2010, 12:57
Philip Gross now joins a list of eminent writers including Ted
Hughes, Carol Ann Duffy and Seamus Heaney.
He told me on the Radio
Wales Arts Show that it's a special pleasure to be awarded the TS
Eliot Prize as he clearly remembers being transfixed by Eliot's poem
The Waste Land when he was 13.
He said that he was really just finding
an excuse not to go outside on a rainy lunchtime and so had gone to the
school library and opened a book at random. "I didn't understand a word
of it, but I just thought, 'This is wonderful. Understanding can come
Philip Gross' book The Water Table is inspired by the
Bristol Channel - the ever-changing water that he's lived near for most
of his life; first growing up in north Cornwall and now looking at
from his home in Penarth near Cardiff.
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